Ailing Malkin out of NHL All-Star Game
Centre joins Penguins teammate Crosby on sidelines with sinus infection
Evgeni Malkin will join Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Sidney Crosby on the sidelines for the NHL All-Star Game this Sunday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 4 p.m. ET).
Malkin will also miss Pittsburgh's Eastern Conference matchup against the New York Islanders Tuesday night with a sore left knee and sinus infection. Pressure in his head related to the infection has kept the Russian centre off skates.
The 24-year-old Malkin, who was voted to the all-star game by fans, hasn't played for a week but remains third in Penguins scoring with 37 points on 15 goals and 22 assists in 42 contests.
"Evgeni is not healthy enough to return to the ice right now," Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma. "He needs to get healthy before we can move forward with that. Is that during the break, or is that after the break? We don't know that.
"We hope it's soon, maybe within the next week or so, he can think about getting back on the ice again when he's healthy and the pressure in his head subsides."
Crosby is still recovering from a concussion many believe was sustained Jan. 1 at the NHL Winter Classic when he took a blindside hit from Washington's David Steckel. Crosby was checked five days later by Tampa Bay blue-liner Victor Hedman.
The Penguins captain is not completely symptom-free and has not been cleared to begin off-ice workouts.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and defenceman Kris Letang will represent Pittsburgh at the all-star game in Raleigh, N.C.